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Eversource Upgrades Electric System in Ellington, Connecticut

May 21, 2020
The project is expected to be complete by the end of June.

Operating under its COVID-19 pandemic plan, Eversource continues work on essential projects in order to reliably serve customers across Connecticut. 

In Ellington, the energy company is investing more than $900,000 in electric distribution system upgrades. This enhancement project includes installing 90 stronger and thicker utility poles; five smart switches, which are devices that enable system operators to remotely reroute power to customers from another source in minutes; and two miles of electric lines known as “tree wire,” which can better withstand extreme weather.

Under the COVID-19 pandemic plan, essential work includes any work that maintains or improves the condition of the energy company’s electric and natural gas systems and supports its foundational mission of safe, reliable energy service. Social distancing, hygiene and enhanced sanitation measures have been integrated to safeguard the health and well-being of workers and customers.

The project is now underway and weather permitting, crews will be working from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Eversource communicates with community leaders and customers where work is being done to minimize the impact to traffic and coordinate with other roadwork happening in the town. Drivers may experience delays due to alternating one-way traffic. Customers may experience short power interruptions at times during the course of the project so crews can safely perform the work. Any customers affected will be notified by the energy company in advance. 

The project is expected to be complete by the end of June.

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